Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy will be working away on various transfer plans for the summer, with the boss keen to improve his options ahead of next season.
There are areas of the Tottenham first team, which need fresh options and Levy has a big responsibility to make sure that Pochettino is given the time, the freedom and the financial backing to go after his first choice targets.
Levy is a chairman in the Premier League with very good business credentials. No one can doubt how clever he is at getting Tottenham the best possible deal, but that’s a policy he may have to drop to give Pochettino the best chance of having maximum time to make changes.
Where is Levy being unreasonable?
There are one or two rumours floating around, which suggest Levy wants top price for certain Tottenham first team stars where it’s arguably not justified.
The Daily Mail has suggested Tottenham are holding out for £7 million for Vlad Chiriches, with the Mail also reporting that Juventus have been told it’s £25 million and above for midfielder Erik Lamela.
In both instances, it’s debatable whether either player is worthy of those fees based on how their Tottenham careers have panned out.
What’s the issue?
Chiriches has arguably already been replaced in the form of Kevin Wimmer and few Spurs fans would complain if the club signed a replacement for Erik Lamela, so where’s the problem?
The problem is that the hefty fees may put sides off of making offers, reducing the sense in Pochettino targeting new players.
If there’s a realisation at a later date that the fees being demanded in some cases by Levy are unreasonable, it could be too late for Pochettino to target the players he really wants.
It’s also a time issue, sucking it out of the equation as well as early deals providing the boss with some extra cash.
If there are players that Pochettino doesn’t believe in, the club just needs to get them out of the door and they don’t have to give them away to do that.